Sunday, October 13, 2019

Tip#1165: Do You Know Who You Are? Part 2 - The Saint 1997

I sometimes feel I have an identity crisis because I’ve developed so many creative talents and professions such as illustration, songwriting and motivational speaking. At networking events or even meeting strangers on the street they’d call me Motivatorman instead of Emmanuel because they follow me on social media. And then, depending on the event, I would introduce myself as Social Media Wingman. That’s why I always bring business cards for both Motivatorman services and Social Media Wingman services and don’t mention I also had a highly successful illustration business called Crackers World Communications to not confuse people. But online I’ve begun to embrace my real name and started to promote www.EmmanuelLopez.com as my primary website.

I recently attended an inspiring and informative gathering called Nutrition Balance hosted by The Village Health Clinic. There was an abundance of health and wellness information shared as well as delicious, healthy foods! There was also a mirrored wall I called The Empowerment Wall with themes like “The Most Fabulous Thing About Me Is…”. I took a photo of it and didn’t even realize I was being reflected in the photo.

 I’m with Ilona Gorelik, Nutritionist & CEO of Nutrition Balance 
at her informative and delicious Nutrition Balance Community Event

Seeing myself in the reflection triggered something inside me and over the next few days found YouTube videos on mirror work as an empowerment tool by Eyvette Risher of My World of Metaphysics. And then I read an interview with Thought Leader, Mario Forleo in Success Magazine about her book, ”Everything is Figureoutable”. They both resonated deeply with me and I was inspired to look into my eyes in a mirror and take time to say some loving words and embrace my multi-talented and multifaceted self.

And, of course, all this connected with a favourite film from the late 90’s I recently watched that mirrored my current questions of who I really am!

The Saint (1997)

The action thriller and romance film, The Saint, is based on the popular spy series about international, high tech thief Simon Templar (Val Kilmer), who is contracted by Russian oil magnate Ivan Tretiak (Rade Serbedzija) to steal a cold fusion formula from scientist Dr. Emma Russell (Elisabeth Shue). This highly entertaining movie features many quirky and hilarious disguises by Templar thanks to a great performance by Kilmer. Other engaging performances by Shue and Šerbedžija as well. The film also features a great score and soundtrack of trip-hop and synth-pop songs.
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I always loved the many disguises Simon uses in this film and wished this had a sequel and film series! I also loved the romantic chemistry between him and Emma. And though I have seen this film many times since the late 90’s I currently resonated with Simon’s conflicted feelings about his true identity. He always used the names of Catholic saints as aliases and I saw this as his way of protecting himself from a childhood trauma he had experienced.

But meeting Emma, who intuitively saw into Simon’s heart and pain, helps him re-evaluate his values and priorities. Simon is visibly shaken, in one of my favourite scenes in a restaurant, when Emma puts a metaphorical mirror up in front of him to see his true self. That was the moment he begins his transformation into rescuing himself. Highly recommend seeing this film for these life lessons!

Sometimes it takes years to figure out who we truly are. And sometimes it just takes courage to look into a mirror, gaze into our eyes and say some loving words to the person looking back at us. Find some inspirational tools to help you find that courage and make peace with that person in the mirror. One of those tools could be an inspiring film that you’ve always loved that already mirrors your inner strengths so watch that one today!

Related Tips:
Tip#476: Do You Know Who You Are? - Captain America: The First Avenger - 5 Movie Tips
Tip#351: Who Is The Superhero Within You? – Kick-Ass


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A) Entertain & Escape
B) Re-energize & Release
C) Inspiration & Motivation

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Award-winning Illustrator | Movie Blogger | Speaker | Foodie
Discover Movies As Inspirational Learning Tools!
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Sunday, October 06, 2019

Tip#1164: What You Focus On Expands, Part 2 - Somewhere In Time - Reticular Activating System (RAS)

It still blows my mind whenever a goal magically manifests right in front of me after I’ve focused on words related to this goal! I recently had a co-working day meeting with my friend and colleague Tammy Cunningham in Pape Village, Toronto that led to my recent experience. Part of the process was the positive feel-good feelings of the bright sunshine lit space and delicious foods of Café Serano and Tzaziki Restaurant!

We brainstormed ideas of how I could repackage my online content and movie blog of lived-experiences and solutions for depression and seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and I identified keywords (mental health, wellness, depression, self care). I then made lots of enthusiastic notes of how to research this online to find more contacts for help and advice.

The very next day I was requested unexpectedly to have a meeting in a Toronto building I’d been to many times over the years. When I arrived I suddenly noticed on the lobby directory the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) was in the building. I got an amazing chill up my spine as if it magically appeared!

I felt that this CMHA listing suddenly showed up because of something I wrote about in Tip#831 for the 2015 film Focus starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie. I wrote about the reticular activating system (RAS) and the technique called priming and how repetitive words and images can program this part of the brain to reveal and unearth these specific topics that have been right in front of you the whole time. RAS also connects to the power of affirmations, prayer, creative visualization and the law of attraction.

CMHA was always in this familiar building all along but the repetition of the mental health words the day before (and even weeks before) helped my brain focus and see the CMHA listing for the first time. This immediately made me think of a classic 80’s romantic film and watched it again for inspiration about the reticular activating system (RAS).

Somewhere In Time (1980)

The romantic science fiction drama film, Somewhere In Time, is about playwright Richard Collier (Christopher Reeve) in 1972 traveling back in time to the year 1912 to find love with actress Elise McKenna (Jane Seymour) while Elise's jealous manager, William Fawcett Robinson (Christopher Plummer) attempts to keep them apart. This romantic classic features wonderful performances by the three leads and a sweeping memorable music soundtrack by John Barry.
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I remember loving this film when it was first released and saw it again in stunning Bluray quality. I was astounded how deeply moving and entertaining it still is almost 30 years later! The music was still achingly beautiful and the chemistry between actors Reeve and Seymour was so real and heartfelt. And even though the time travel aspect is science fiction it was portrayed in a way that, I felt, believable. It’s this part that relates to the reticular activating system.

In the story Richard time travels back by priming his mind and focusing keenly on the day and year he wanted to go to. Through verbal and recorded repetition he programmed his mind for countless hours. But there had to be zero doubt in his mind so he also dressed in clothes of his targeted year and removed anything in his hotel room that reminded him of his present year. His mission is accomplished and the basics of his process is how RAS works. I highly recommend this film as an inspirational learning tool to applying methods for keen focus on goals, RAS and perseverance.

The term “what you focus on expands” is quoted by many motivational speakers such as Oprah Winfrey, Robin Sharma and T. Harv Eker. Be open and embrace this powerful and empowering concept and look around in your life and work now and see if you’ve manifested the thoughts you’ve been focused on whether they’ve been positive or negative. And then choose to prime your mind and focus on positive thoughts. And always remember there are inspiring movies to help accomplish your goals today!

Related Tips:
Tip#831: Creative Visualization, Part 1 - Reticular Activating System (RAS) – Focus 
Tip#890: Creative Visualization, Part 2 - Mental Health - Pawn Sacrifice
Tip#980: Creative Visualization, Part 3 – Mental Imagery - Rio Olympics 2016 – 4 Inspiring Movies
Tip#304: What You Focus On Expands – 2012 Movie 



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A) Entertain & Escape
B) Re-energize & Release
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Award-winning Illustrator | Movie Blogger | Speaker | Foodie
Discover Movies As Inspirational Learning Tools!
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© Emmanuel Lopez 2019

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Tip#1163: Passion & Perseverance, Part 13 - Only The Brave

I'm feeling so grateful for the recent week that was a flurry of exciting social events! It started with my returning as a guest on Song Talk Radio for a lively discussion about the Beatles related fantasy romcom film, Yesterday. I got share my passion for the movie, Beatles's songs and talk about the many marketing tips it had for songwriters, entrepreneurs and startups. Listen here: Song Talk Radio

I then attended two networking events, Indie Hackers Toronto and IABC Toronto’s PIC Fall Social, where I met two professionals that inspired me with my quest to repackage my movies and mental health content on my social media (including this blog). They gave me a vision and reminder that people suffering from depression, or who want to help support someone, are seeking my lived experience content. I just need to find a way to get my work to them.

These new contacts left me feeling so energized, passionate and confident for days but then I started to feel the early Autumn symptoms of seasonal affective disorder (SAD). It slowed down my focus and progress with my repackaging initiative. But thankfully I’ve trained myself to be aware of when SAD creeps in and took immediate self-care coping steps such as hydrate myself, get outside for a long walk and feel the vitamin D sunshine on my eyes and face. And for an added mood boost I’d watch the perfect film that always magically becomes my movie medicine of the day.

Only The Brave (2017)

The biographical drama film, Only The Brave, is based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a group of passionate, elite firefighters who risk everything to protect a town from a historic wildfire. This emotionally powerful story is filled with memorable moments of friendship and family along with stunning battles with massive forest fires. The ensemble cast including Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jeff Bridges, James Badge Dale, Alex Russell, Taylor Kitsch, Ben Hardy, Thad Luckinbill, Geoff Stults, Scott Haze and Andie MacDowell.
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It’s best you don’t know anymore details and just see this film knowing that you will be moved by the relationships and life lessons on courage, resilience, leadership and teamwork. Perseverance is definitely a highlight especially with Brendan McDonough (Miles Teller) who is unemployed, listless and addicted to drugs. It’s his journey and inner strength you will witness as he rises above his challenges to join the firefighters unit. His training is brutal to watch as he struggles physically and mentally to keep up with his new team members and yet, with some tough love, eventually shines with confidence along with his passion for becoming a better, more responsible adult.

Inspiring Themes:
• Courage
• Confidence
• Passion
• Perseverance
• Resilience
• Indestructible Optimism
• Leadership
• Teamwork
• Supportive Relationships
• Strategic Thinking

It’s movies like this that help me to persevere with my own struggles whether they are physical, mental or emotional. The movie heroes always speak deeply to my soul as if to say, “See what I overcame and accomplished? If I could do it so can you. So don’t give up. I believe in you.” 

If you find yourself feeling stuck or depressed remember to find a movie hero to inspire you to get back up again. They can help re-energize your will to move forward and re-ignite your passion and perseverance. They will remind you that you have what it takes inside to be your own hero!

Related Tips:
Tip#1104: Passion & Perseverance, Part 12 – The Untouchables
Tip#627: Perseverance & Teamwork, Part 2 - Wreck-It Ralph
Tip#158: Power of Perseverance - Battlestar Galactica 2004 


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A) Entertain & Escape
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Award-winning Illustrator | Movie Blogger | Speaker | Foodie
Discover Movies As Inspirational Learning Tools!
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Sunday, September 22, 2019

Tip#1162: Connecting with Your Inner Child, Part 11 - It Chapter One (2017) - It Chapter Two (2019)

I will always remember 2019 as the year I discovered how childhood bullying had unconsciously traumatized me and resulted in clinical depression. Having been picked on by other kids numerous times in schools growing up, I was scarred in ways that embedded many types of fears in me that I am finally unearthing and healing.

The 16-week day treatment program and psychotherapy I started in early 2019 was the catalyst for remembering the bullying I experienced (Read more). I then began researching more about the wounded child and Reparenting Therapy. Later on a close friend recommended a book called Complex PTSD From Surviving to Thriving by Author, Pete Walker that had many tools he’d started to use for his own childhood traumas.

I’ve yet to read this book but it inspired me to research complex post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) online and found a video interview with Saturday Night Live veteran Darrell Hammond who discussed this disorder and his own childhood abuse. I remembered his hilarious impressions of Sean Connery and Bill Clinton and was inspired by how his writing and work was part of his healing and therapy. I am also eager to see his documentary Cracked Up that details more of his childhood trauma. See trailer: Cracked Up: The Darrell Hammond Story 2018 ‧ Documentary

Listen to interview: The Long Arm of Childhood Trauma
With Saturday Night Live veteran Darrell Hammond, filmmaker Michelle Esrick, and Mount Sinai psychologist Jacob Ham, PhD

There was a fascinating and mind-blowing fact I learned from the interview where they brought up the true origins of Marvel Comic’s character The Hulk. They discuss that Bruce Banner/The Hulk was emotionally and physically abused as a child by his father and nurse which planted the seeds of rage and anger in Bruce that later unleashes as an adult. I found this amazing because I had no idea about The Hulk’s childhood traumas despite reading these comics as a child. It’s a bizarre, enlightening metaphor for the hidden facts about my own childhood coming to light.

Read more: The Hulk & childhood trauma

Around this time I also saw It Chapter 2 and like the first film, It Chapter One, it was difficult watching the harsh and painful bullying that happens to the main characters both as kids and as adults. But because they learn to confront their demons these became examples of films that fill me with hope for facing my own monsters.

It Chapter One (2017)

The supernatural horror film, It Chapter One, is about a group of seven bullied kids in the summer of 1989 who band together to destroy a shape-shifting monster, Pennywise in their small town of Derry, Maine. The main cast includes: Jaeden Lieberher, Wyatt Oleff, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Jack Dylan Grazer, Chosen Jacobs, Jackson Robert Scott and Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise.
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Based on the Stephen King novel, this movie is filled with some of the same fun and nostalgia of childhood friendships that I loved in his other film Stand By Me. It also shows how they are all bonded by their shared experiences of being bullied. We then get to see them face their individual fears in some scary moments on screen. They learn the supportive power of teamwork and prove they are really winners despite calling themselves The Loser Club.



It Chapter Two (2019)

The supernatural horror film, It Chapter Two, is set in 2016, Twenty-seven years after The Loser Club’s first encounter with the evil clown Pennywise and must return to their hometown of Derry, Maine to stop his terrorizing once again. Along with the original child actors returning, their adult versions are played by Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, Jay Ryan, James Ransone, Andy Bean and Bill Skarsgård returning as Pennywise.
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There are more terrifying scenes in this second chapter and it was also fun to see the adult versions of The Loser Club and how their personalities were still prevalent decades later. At the same time we see how each of their childhood traumas have affected their lives and relationships years later. For example we see Beverly (Jessica Chastain) married to an abusive husband continuing the abuse she got from her father.

These adult heroes show their deepest fears in facing Pennywise but also in returning to their childhood memories and traumas. And yet their love and support of one another allow them to have shining moments facing their inner and outer demons. These are the moments that empower me to do the same with acknowledging my history of being bullied and learn to confront hidden fears of my wounded inner child. It’ll take time but if The Loser Club can be free of the chains of their past then so can I.

The heroes in movies, both young and old, can help inspire us to face our childhood fears. They can mirror our inner strengths to overcome the negative voices in our heads and challenge these monsters once and for all. Just remember you are not alone in your struggles. Your inner child may be wounded but along with your adult self can become each other’s greatest allies!

Related Tips:
Tip#906: Connecting with Your Inner Child, Part 1 - Top 10 Movies 
Tip#1149: Connecting with Your Inner Child, Part 9 - Rocketman
Tip#1154: Connecting with Your Inner Child, Part 10 - Shazam!



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Remember How Movies Can Help You:
A) Entertain & Escape
B) Re-energize & Release
C) Inspiration & Motivation

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Award-winning Illustrator | Movie Blogger | Speaker | Foodie
Discover Movies As Inspirational Learning Tools!
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© Emmanuel Lopez 2019